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Rumour: Sony's Aiming to Ship a Huge Number of PS4s This Year

Posted by Sammy Barker

Manufacturer wants 16 million units on store shelves in 2013

If last month’s big PlayStation Meeting taught us anything, it’s that Sony is not messing around anymore. While the PlayStation 3 was cursed by the company’s arrogance, it genuinely feels like the organisation has learned its lessons, and that’s reflected in almost every aspect of the PlayStation 4. As such, it’s not especially surprising to learn that the manufacturer is expecting huge things from its impending system – but are its targets even attainable?

According to Taiwanese tabloid Digitimes, the PS4 will start shipping in August ahead of its Holiday 2013 release. The console will supposedly be assembled by Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, with an annual shipment of 16 million units on the cards. That’s an absolutely enormous amount of hardware, especially when you consider that the PS3 has only just reached 70 million units shipped after almost seven years on the market.

Kotaku posits that the publication’s sources may be referring to the financial year at the end of March 2014, which would make a little more sense. There’s also a good chance that the quoted figures may simply be inaccurate. However, last month a slew of reports claimed that the platform holder was planning to launch its next console at an incredibly competitive price point. Could the company be preparing a retail blitz, or is this merely a misunderstanding? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

[via digitimes.com, kotaku.com]

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User Comments (10)

hamispink

#1

hamispink said:

I don't think that there is that much GDDR5 RAM in the world! If Sony could manage to get this many consoles shipped so quickly, I would think they could push for a simultaneous worldwide release.

BornOfEvil

#3

BornOfEvil said:

I fall deeper in love with the DualShock 4 everytime I see it, but that's not important right now.

If Sony wants to ship and sell that many units, they better have some monumental announcements at E3.

JavierYHL

#4

JavierYHL said:

well they better have more ready...cos i have a lot of friends waiting for it :)

Gamer83

#5

Gamer83 said:

So there's a chance that if I'm not able to pre-order I might still be able to buy one? That would be nice. I'm doing whatever I can to put money together but if for whatever reason I have to hold off for a bit it'd be good to know I can walk into a store and get one.

FullbringIchigo

#6

FullbringIchigo said:

the thing is they can want to ship and sell that many units this year but if they have a bad launch line up they wont sell

so come on Sony show us what you got at E3

rjejr

#8

rjejr said:

I didn't read the actual quote but I think ALL of these are wrong -

Huge Number of PS4s This Year
Manufacturer wants 16 million units on store shelves in 2013
the financial year at the end of March 2014

Whoever said "annual" probably meant the first year after it's release - ie Oct 2013-2014, or whatever month the launch is. If you talk to anybody in any business "annual" sales, whether its units or $, always means 12 months.

Nintendo kept talking about "launch" games, turns out it's "launch window" was 6 months. "Annual" means first 12 months after launch, which 16 million, while alot, and it might be wishful thinking, isn't absurd.

ReyLuca

#10

ReyLuca said:

PS1 check, PS2 check, PS3 check, PS4... I got 2 c-notes ready for pre-order downpayment!

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